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Durham University

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Mr Menno de Jong, Msc

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Biosciences

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I have a broad interest in evolutionary theory. My current investigations are mainly geared towards a better understanding of how (theoretical) population genetics can be reconciled with macro-ecology (i.e. how micro-evolutionary processes translate to speciation).

In my PhD, which is cofunded by the British Deer Society and the Whitehead Trust, I study the genome-wide genetic variation within recently bottlenecked founder deer populations (reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) and roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)), using the ddRADseq protocol and Fst-based selection tests, to search for genetic fingerprints of selection.